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April 5, 2012 Managing Mine Slimes and Other Lessons Learned Jack Waite Mine Removal Action Todd Bragdon, CDM Smith Brandon Ball, Parametrix Bill Adams,

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1 April 5, 2012 Managing Mine Slimes and Other Lessons Learned Jack Waite Mine Removal Action Todd Bragdon, CDM Smith Brandon Ball, Parametrix Bill Adams, EPA Region 10 Rod Zion, USACE Seattle Jeff Johnson, US BLM Rich Hamlin, Conti

2 Introduction Project Team – Parametrix / CDM Smith; Engineering Design – U.S. EPA Region 10; Lead Regulatory Agency – U.S. Forest Service; Property Owner, Joint Lead Regulatory Agency – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Seattle District; Construction Procurement and Administration – Conti; Removal Action Contractor Site Features and Removal Actions – Removal of two tailings piles (TP1 and TP2) and Mill area in alluvial valley – Consolidation to two repositories: TP3 and Borrow Area 2 (BA2) – Rehabilitation of Tributary Creek Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action

3 Jack Waite Mine Layout Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action N Tailings Pile TP3 Borrow Area 1 Borrow Area 2 Tailings Pile TP2 Tailings Pile TP Level Adit and Waste Rock Pile Tailings Pile TP4

4 Tailings Pile 1, Mill Area, & Tributary Creek Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action TP-1 (110,000 cy); Mill Area (14,000 cy); Alluvium (2,900 cy) TP1 Mill Tributary Creek

5 Tailings Pile 2 Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action TP-2 (15,000 cy Tailings) TP2

6 Materials Management & Restoration (MMR) Issues 2011 MMR Issues Encountered at the Jack Waite Site – Difficult material types – Additional waste volumes – Insufficient borrow soil gradation characterization – TP3 alluvial repository configuration – Remote high elevation site; limited construction season Issue Discussion – Design approach – 2011 construction issue – Solutions / lessons learned Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action

7 Difficult Material Types Design Approach – Borings and cone penetrometers completed through tailings piles 2011 Construction Issue – TP2 slimes encountered in July 2011 – Difficult to excavate material – Difficult to haul material – transportation caused separation of solids / liquids & spills Solutions / Lessons Learned – Temporary stockpile material to dewater, addition of Portland Cement (5%); transportable; achieved good compaction – For tailings piles, focus on potential volume of this material Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action

8 Additional Waste Volumes Design Approach – Aerial survey / LiDAR data (2-ft. topographic contouring) – Test pit and boring extent / depth of mine wastes – Mine waste volumetrics developed using CAD 3D – Contingency volumes included (~30 Percent) 2011 Construction Issue – Additional waste rock volume at Mill Site (34,000 vs. 14,000 cy) – Additional tailings volume at TP2 (23,000 vs. 15,000 cy) – 2012 concerns with waste volume in Tributary Creek alluvium Solutions / Lessons Learned – Flexibility in repository design to allow additional capacity – Steep slopes and alluvial interface difficult to estimate Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action

9 Insufficient Borrow Soil Gradation Characterization Design Approach – Repository cover / rehabilitation area growth media and fill primarily developed from Borrow Area 2 – Test pits used to estimate depth of borrow soils – Field observations / geotechnical data used to evaluate gradation (oversize vs. granular material) – Borrow soil volumetrics developed using CAD 3D and gradation 2011 Construction Issue – Significantly more oversize material - 19,000 cy vs. 11,000 cy – Limited stockpiling areas / double handling in steep terrain Solutions / Lessons Learned – Design approach should use grizzly / screening for oversize rock Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action

10 TP3 Alluvial Repository Configuration Design Approach – EE/CA and Action Memorandum included TP2 repository located in Tributary Creek alluvial valley – Volume and cost constraints – Maximize mine waste in BA2 repository – Utilize low permeability cover to reduce infiltration – Utilize riprap toe armoring (100-yr event) ; HEC-RAS model 2011 Construction Issue – Tailings piping observed Solutions / Lessons Learned – Revised design to include toe drain system Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action

11 Remote High Elevation Site Design Approach – Completed design / contracting process in 2010 (utilized $1.2M ARAR funding) – Allowed for snow removal in bid for early mobilization – Allowed for flexibility in bid for one or two-season construction 2011 Construction Issue – Snow plowed in May; heavy precipitation in June; limited site construction until July Solutions / Lessons Learned – Field conditions can significantly impact schedule – Consider summer traffic on hauling Managing Mine Slimes – Jack Waite Mine Removal Action

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